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“We had a great time!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bodega Dunes Campground

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Bodega Dunes Campground
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Bodega Bay, CA   |  
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Davis, California
1 review
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“We had a great time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

The campground was nice. We stayed at 13 across from the bathrooms. There was a visiting skunk the first night, but I found it rather cute, and as long as it didn't try to stink us we were fiine letting it be. The racoons were a bit more to deal with. Every night they would raid the trash cans infront of the bathrooms and it sounded as if they were giggling the whole time. Our last night we left the trunk open unattended for a moment too long (our mistake!) 5 racoons got right in the car and started cleaning up our 2 year olds spilled trail mix. Slamming the car doors a few times got them out with no damages.

The camp host new our daughters name and called "hello" when ever we crossed paths. No one complained about the fact that our 2 year old gets up rather early to start yelling questions and singing at the top of her lungs (we can not keep her quiet). The host and rangers were very helpfull and answered any questions we had.

The hike to the beach was very nice. Who knew dunes were so strange and beautiful! The sand was fine, but there is a lot of drift wood about. The sand dunes were fun to climb and slide down and provided a nice and warm sheltered area to sit and watch the sunset.

We had a great time and I think we will be back to visit soon.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

My husband and I went to Bodega Bay recently on our trip down the coast. The facilities themselves were nice but there are many things about this campground that we were not thrilled with. They have lots of SKUNKS! We were visited several times by 2 skunks throughout the night, they seemed to do a circle around several campsites in the vicinity (we were in site 54). Needless to say it was not a pleasant night as the skunk wouldn't leave our tent alone and were not afraid of humans. Being that I am not a big camper and definitly not into critters, I slept in the car instead.

The beach itself was ok if you like to dodge the massive amounts of horse poop on the beach.

We stayed at other campgrounds along the coast and they were all fine, this one stuck out as the worst night for us.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Elk Grove, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We went to Bodega Dunes Campground twice, once in August 2010 and once in early September 2010. Both times were very nice, although the second time we had to stay in a less desireable site. Our group was made up of 3 families, each with 2 adults and two children, from 7-12. We had two adjacent sites- 35 and 37. Unlike most people that reviewed on this site, we had no problems with camp hosts or rangers. Each site has a campfire pit in it, so every morning and night we roasted whatever food was on hand. The kids all spent their time running up and sliding down the huge sand dune opposite our site. We hiked to the beach twice, once in the early morning when only the early risers in our group were up, and it is a very short and easy hike. The beach is kind of boring but fun to find sand dollars or shells. The bathrooms are very clean and the showers are free with lots of hot water, but bring flip flops. Overall, a very fun camping experience and would definitely go again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Elk Grove, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

We have camped at the Dunes many times and decided to return to the coast this summer to try out our new cargo trailer for toting our gear. We ended coming here after making a reservation at Doran beach, but had to leave because the wind was just way to strong. Although it was still unusually breezy at the Dunes, it was very managable.
Sites at the Dunes are well spaced and quiet. Bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot and free (although neither of us used the showers).
Beware of the raccoons and skunks. The raccoons wandered into our site both nights and we saw a skunk the second night. We also saw a deer eating just behind our site, which was pretty cool.
We plan on returning to the Dunes for our last camping trip of the summer!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

When we camped here we had a two year old and four year old. It was our first camping trip. The grounds are nice, the facilities clean, and air fresh. Unfortunately, our neighbors were adults who had planned chilled white wine and intellectual conversation until late at night. We were a family with young children. In the morning, when we were up building a fire and starting coffee, they were asleep. They yelled,"Shut up", and I yelled, "Get Real, this is a campground!" We have since found Casini Campground to meet out needs for a variety of activities for children, security, and slow moving river for swimming. We go there every year for a traditional summer camp trip. My kids are 13 and 16 and they still like to walk down to the little store and buy duck food to feed the ducks.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Fair Oaks, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

I had not camped in several years. BD was great. Hot showers, clean sites, friendly staff, and the sounds of nature and a fog horn to lull you off to sleep. Watch for nightly guests of the critter variety looking for food or garbage. Be prepared for quick weather changes. We were at site 88, a slight hike to the restroom, but a private, relaxing spot none-the-less. We would go again, and again if we could.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

We found the staff at Bodega Dunes campground to be most helpful and friendly. We stayed a number of days.
But we were not so happy with some of the other campers.
There were some very young campers just down a ways from us. We along with three fellow neighbors we found them to be loud, using profanity most of the day and late into the night. They walked through our camp site a number of times. We were pleased to see the camp hosts referred our complaints to the rangers in a prompt manner. These young men left beer cans scattered all through their site.
Another camper did not have his dog on a leash and it ran out into and across the road to attack my dog. Not having this being the first time to experience this, I managed to remained calm and asked that he please put a leash on his dog. The gentleman said we were the problem if we had not walked by it would not have happened. A fellow camper who witnessed this informed me that just a few sites further down was a Pit Bull also off leash wondering around loose. The leash law applies to all does it not?
I reported the attack to a park aid. I was told the Rangers were busy with a cliff rescue, but would let them know.
We found the showers to be free, clean and plenty of warm water. Although we found another shower house with hot water. In talking with the cleaning staff I was told that shower house had a newer water heater.
Bodega Dunes does not have any official group camp sites, but could not help notice that a great number of campers made up their own group sites, four, six, even eight sites. With each site with what appeared to be close to the maximum number of people, but all gathered into only one site for eating and sleeping, the other sites appeared to be used only for extra parking. We never noticed any of them being hassled by the staff as most observed the quite time. It is amazing how far noise of 12-24 or 30 people gathered in one spot having a good time will travel especially in the dark of the night.
A couple times a very loud generator started up and could be heard half way across the camp loop as I walked the dog at seven A.M. Please remember most of the campers at the Dunes are tent campers.
We did not find the one mile walk to the beach to very far.
The harbor views from sites in the upper sixties, lower seventies are quite nice.
There are several sites with hills of sand for children to slide down. Some sites have lost's of shade while others have plenty of sun. And if you don't like the weather just wait a bit it is sure to change. Great beach for kite flying. On the other hand if you have a difficult time getting around the beach is not so easy to get to since a storm wash out the board walk a couple years ago.
Their is a number of wild animals in the campground birds, fox, raccoons, skunks. It amazed us the number of campers who practiced poor house keeping and complained when the critters raided their food boxes, coolers and garbage bags hanging from the trees. Just so you know these skunks are not afraid of people. They will follow your children and nibble on your shoe laces as you sit by your nightly fire.
It would be grand if the state could find it in their budget to install animal proof garbage cans as the raccoons take the lids off every can seemly every night we were there and shared the bounty with all the other night critters to spread through out the campground. The cleaning crew seems to take it all in stride, and are doing a great job to keep the campground clean.
Last and not least Thank you to all the dedicated park Volunteers. We know you do not get any pay, only a camp site for all that you do.Yours is truly a labor of love as you give thousands of hours of your time to make our parks a better place for all of us. For with out the volunteers many if not most of our parks would have to be closed.

  • Liked — cool days and freash air
  • Disliked — the few inconsiderate campers that thought rules are only for others.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Bodega Bay
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Bodega Bay
Number of rooms: 98
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